Introduction to Psychology
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Introduction to Psychology

By [Author removed at request of original publisher]
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Book Description

When you teach Introduction to Psychology, do you find it difficult — much harder than teaching classes in statistics or research methods? Do you easily give a lecture on the sympathetic nervous system, a lecture on Piaget, and a lecture on social cognition, but struggle with linking these topics together for the student? Do you feel like you are presenting a laundry list of research findings rather than an integrated set of principles and knowledge? Have you wondered how to ensure your course is relevant to your students? Introduction to Psychology utilizes the dual theme of behavior and empiricism to make psychology relevant to intro students. The author wrote this book to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. Five or ten years from now, he does not expect his students to remember the details of most of what he teaches them. However, he does hope that they will remember that psychology matters because it helps us understand behavior and that our knowledge of psychology is based on empirical study.

https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.1201
ISBN: 978-1-946135-13-1

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table Of Contents
  • Publisher Information
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introducing Psychology
    • 1.1 Psychology as a Science
    • 1.2 The Evolution of Psychology: History, Approaches, and Questions
    • 1.3 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 2. Psychological Science
    • 2.1 Psychologists Use the Scientific Method to Guide Their Research
    • 2.2 Psychologists Use Descriptive, Correlational, and Experimental Research Designs to Understand Behavior
    • 2.3 You Can Be an Informed Consumer of Psychological Research
    • 2.4 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 3. Brains, Bodies, and Behavior
    • 3.1 The Neuron Is the Building Block of the Nervous System
    • 3.2 Our Brains Control Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behavior
    • 3.3 Psychologists Study the Brain Using Many Different Methods
    • 3.4 Putting It All Together: The Nervous System and the Endocrine System
    • 3.5 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 4. Sensing and Perceiving
    • 4.5 Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Perception
    • 4.6 Chapter Summary
    • 4.1 We Experience Our World Through Sensation
    • 4.2 Seeing
    • 4.3 Hearing
    • 4.4 Tasting, Smelling, and Touching
  • Chapter 5. States of Consciousness
    • 5.1 Sleeping and Dreaming Revitalize Us for Action
    • 5.2 Altering Consciousness With Psychoactive Drugs
    • 5.3 Altering Consciousness Without Drugs
    • 5.4 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 6. Growing and Developing
    • 6.1 Conception and Prenatal Development
    • 6.2 Infancy and Childhood: Exploring and Learning
    • 6.3 Adolescence: Developing Independence and Identity
    • 6.4 Early and Middle Adulthood: Building Effective Lives
    • 6.5 Late Adulthood: Aging, Retiring, and Bereavement
    • 6.6 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 7. Learning
    • 7.5 Chapter Summary
    • 7.1 Learning by Association: Classical Conditioning
    • 7.2 Changing Behavior Through Reinforcement and Punishment: Operant Conditioning
    • 7.3 Learning by Insight and Observation
    • 7.4 Using the Principles of Learning to Understand Everyday Behavior
  • Chapter 8. Remembering and Judging
    • 8.1 Memories as Types and Stages
    • 8.2 How We Remember: Cues to Improving Memory
    • 8.3 Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Memory and Cognition
    • 8.4 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 9. Intelligence and Language
    • 9.1 Defining and Measuring Intelligence
    • 9.2 The Social, Cultural, and Political Aspects of Intelligence
    • 9.3 Communicating With Others: The Development and Use of Language
    • 9.4 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 10. Emotions and Motivations
    • 10.1 The Experience of Emotion
    • 10.2 Stress: The Unseen Killer
    • 10.3 Positive Emotions: The Power of Happiness
    • 10.4 Two Fundamental Human Motivations: Eating and Mating
    • 10.5 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 11: Personality
    • 11.1 Personality and Behavior: Approaches and Measurement
    • 11.2 The Origins of Personality
    • 11.3 Is Personality More Nature or More Nurture? Behavioral and Molecular Genetics
    • 11.4 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 12: Defining Psychological Disorders
    • 12.1 Psychological Disorder: What Makes a Behavior “Abnormal”?
    • 12.2 Anxiety and Dissociative Disorders: Fearing the World Around Us
    • 12.3 Mood Disorders: Emotions as Illness
    • 12.4 Schizophrenia: The Edge of Reality and Consciousness
    • 12.5 Personality Disorders
    • 12.6 Somatoform, Factitious, and Sexual Disorders
    • 12.7 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 13: Treating Psychological Disorders
    • 13.1 Reducing Disorder by Confronting It: Psychotherapy
    • 13.2 Reducing Disorder Biologically: Drug and Brain Therapy
    • 13.3 Reducing Disorder by Changing the Social Situation
    • 13.4 Evaluating Treatment and Prevention: What Works?
    • 13.5 Chapter Summary
  • Chapter 14: Psychology in Our Social Lives
    • 14.1 Social Cognition: Making Sense of Ourselves and Others
    • 14.2 Interacting With Others: Helping, Hurting, and Conforming
    • 14.3 Working With Others: The Costs and Benefits of Social Groups
    • 14.4 Chapter Summary
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